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Help Us Improve the Design of World Campus Courses

A few months ago, some of you participated in a short, online usability activity conducted by World Campus’ Learning Design team. We wanted to find out which menu items you expect to see when taking online courses.

You can see the results of that study — and we’d like your feedback on a follow-up study concerning how we organize content in online courses.

The Deadline for the Second Activity is July 5

Make your voice heard by taking 10-15 minutes of your time to complete the study. Participate in the Learning Design study now! The activity is anonymous and will be open through July 5.

Again, we will be sharing the results with you once we have had a chance to analyze the data. Many thanks in advance for contributing to Penn State World Campus’ Learning Design initiative to make your student experience the best in the world!

Now, for what we found in our first study:


Results of Our First Card Sorting Study

The student menu items you expect to encounter most frequently in an online course according to the results of the study are:

  • Course Home
  • Syllabus
  • Lessons
  • Communicate
  • Assignments
  • Grades
  • Resources, when applicable
  • Assessments, when applicable

Your feedback also revealed that the following interface buttons should be separate from the student menu items:

  • Logoff
  • Switch Course/Course List
  • Help
  • Text Size

Thanks to all who contributed their time toward furthering our efforts in providing you with the best possible online learning experience!